anonymous CVS access?

Steve Langasek vorlon at
Fri Mar 28 12:40:16 EST 2003

On Fri, Mar 28, 2003 at 09:16:35AM -0800, Frank Cusack wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 28, 2003 at 06:11:02AM -0700, Stephen Smoogen wrote:
> > On Fri, 28 Mar 2003, Frank Cusack wrote:
> > 
> > >On Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 03:01:10PM -0500, Sam Hartman wrote:
> > >> We cannot do anonymous CVS without dealing with the export issue.
> > >> Since we still seem to be unable to face that challenge, anonymous CVS
> > >> is hard.
> > >
> > >I was under the impression that source code is exportable, with a
> > >simple notification to the powers-that-be (commerce dept, I guess).

> > It is a bit more complicated  than that. The MIT legal department has to 
> > fill out some paperwork etc etc. I have the feeling that Sam is trying 
> > to say it is out of his hands on getting that done.

> Fill out some paperwork?  You must mean internal paperwork, to the best
> of my understanding there is no government red tape to go through.

Filing a notification with the government constitutes "paperwork".  Given
the high stakes if the right persons in the government were to frown upon
MIT Kerberos, and the density of the governmentese export regs in
question (regs which I believe Sam is familiar with even if he's not
empowered to act on them wrt MIT Kerberos), I think it is not an
insignificant amount of paperwork, and I don't fault MIT's legal
department for being cautious in this instance (even though I wish they
were able to give solving this a higher priority).

> On Fri, Mar 28, 2003 at 09:09:08AM -0600, Matt Crawford wrote:
> > Maybe someone who is willing and able (and/or whose site is willing
> > and able) to deal with the export issues can set up CVS access?

> Marc?  (

Unfortunately, I suspect active participation in a CVS repository that's
accessible to the outside world, whether or not they are directly
responsible for the maintenance, would represent a degree of legal
entanglement that MIT is also not likely to give its seal of approval to.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer
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